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  • David Tyrer

Match Preview: West Ham vs Liverpool

Date & time: January 29th 2020, 19:45

Where: London Stadium

Is it on: No, unfortunately - but we'll be keep you updated

Ref: Jonathan Moss


Liverpool will travel to West Ham tomorrow night to play that crucial game in hand. At the end of which, we'll have some idea of how far ahead we sit with just 14 games remaining.


A win, and we move a - seemingly - insurmountable 19 points clear of second-place Man City who can take a maximum of 42 points from their remaining 14 games.


Anything else and we're still miles ahead, with the prospect of needing to lose 5-6 games to allow them back into it. Stranger things have happened and a win would be far, far more welcome, of course.


But Jurgen Klopp has caused such an uproar in the past couple of days for this very reason: to ensure that our best chance in 30 years of ending that wait comes to an end.


West Ham are on a bit of a retched run themselves, with just two wins in Moyes' first six games in charge, with one of those coming against lower league opposition in the cup.


A defeat at the weekend to Championship leaders West Brom won't have done his team's confidence any good on the back of a hefty defeat to Leicester.


Injuries & Suspension


We saw that the trio of Matip, Lovren and Fabinho were all back on Sunday but we'd be very surprised to see any of the three getting a start tomorrow.


Not least of all because of their tragic displays in the FA Cup, but Klopp is more than likely going to go with a side similar to that that narrowly beat Wolves last week.


Elsewhere Sadio Mane is expected to be out until mid-February, whilst Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Adam Lallana will all be missing.


For West Ham will be without the significant services of Filipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Ryan Fredericks.


Last 5 games:


West Ham (all comps): W-L-D-L-L

Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-D


Predicted Line up


It'll undoubtedly be a much stronger side taking to the field at the London Stadium on Wednesday night, with all the familiar faces returning to the starting line up.


The only real question hangs over who will take the place of Sadio Mane. The obvious choice is, of course, big Div. But Jurgen may opt for something a bit different.


His other options are, of course, Takumi Minamino or bringing Fabinho back into the fold and pushing either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Gini Wijnaldum further forward.


Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.



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